Valerie Morris

Valerie Morris

Laboratory Technician

  • Professional Research Assistant


  • BA: University of Colorado Boulder, 2001

Research Programs, Labs, and Groups

Contact Information

(Office) 303 492-5495
(Fax) 303 492-6388
1560 30th Street, Boulder CO 80303


Isotopic analysis of ice cores, greenhouse gases, and many other matrices; looking at biogeochemistry, carbon cycling and climate change.

Research Interests

Development and analysis of stable isotopes in ice cores on a continuous flow melter system attached to CRDS.
Analysis of stable isotopes in atmospheric carbon dioxide and methane.
Analysis of C, N, O, H, and S isotopes in a range of sample types.
Carbon cycling in semi arid regions with in soil processes.


In 2001, I came to the SIL with a strong background in geology and previous experience with TOC analyzers, and EA CHN analyzers and ICP mass spectrometers. My previous field research areas have included Hawaii and Northern Texas. During the first 4 years I was with the Stable Isotope Lab, I was responsible for the analyses of the stable isotopes in atmospheric CO2 and CH4 on isotope ratio mass spectrometers, as well as the data managment of the isotopic data for the project in colaboration with CMDL at NOAA. I left the U.S. to manage the Stable Isotope Laboratory at GNS Science in New Zealand for four years, and have returned to the INSTAAR Stable Isotope Lab.  I am currently working with Bruce Vaughn on the developement of the continuous flow melter attached to a Picarro Cavity Ringdown Spectrometer and analysing the stable isotopes in the ice core from WAIS Divide.  When not in the lab, I can be found dancing in the air with local aerial dance company Frequent Flyers Productions, Inc., where I am a performer, choreographer, and teacher.